In bigger towns of this region, people understand and speak English and Hindi. But in other places you may have problems communicating and learning the following Nepali survival phrases would be useful
Good Morning/Afternoon/night/ Namaste
Thank you Dhanyanwad
How much? Kati?
Where is ….? …. kaha cha?
What is this? Yo ke ho?
Does this bus go to ….? Yo bus …. jancha?
When does this bus leave? Yo bus kati baje jahan cha?
How far is ….? …. kati tado cha?
May I take a photograph? Ma photo linu chakchu?
Please take me to …. Mlayi …. lage do
Where can I stay here? Mo kaha basno shakcho
Where does this road go? Yo bato kaha chancha?
Do you have a room vacant? Room cha?
Where will I get good food? Ramro khana kaha payoncho
From where can I get ….? ….Kaha deke payoncha?
What is available? Ke paincha?
Get me a cup of hot tea Ek cup tato chay lano
The bill please Bill laono
Please hurry Chito
Please halt Roko
Please move Hino
How long will it take? Kati time lagcha?
What is your name? Nam ke ho?
Please come here Yah auno hos
Who was it? Kho thio?
Hot water Tato pani
How much do I pay? Kati paisa bhayo?
What time does it open? Kati baje kholcha?
I don’t understand Ma Bujena
Can you repeat that ? Feri Bhanno Hous
Can you reduce the price? Daam Ghatayono Hous
Many places in this area derive their from the physical, natural or manmade features they are associated with. Some places even get their names from the day on which the Hat (Market) is held. For example at Mangalbarey the hat is held on Tuesday (Tuesday is Mangal in Nepali).
Sikkim New House
Denzong Valley of rice
Tso (Tho) Lake
Thang Flat Land
Ri A mountain
Kang Perpetual snow
Daju Elder brother
Bhai Younger brother
Bhowju Wife of elder brother
Bhowari Wife of younger brother
Kaka Elder uncle
Mama Maternal uncle
Maiju Maternal uncle’s wife
Phu Phu Father’s sister
Khancha Youngest brother
Kanchi Youngest sister
Cheta Eldest son
Maila Second son
Saila Third son
Natini Grand daughter
Nathula The pass of the listening ear
Samdong The place facing the bridge
Cholamu The lake of the goddess
Doko Basket made of bamboo
Tashi Delek All purpose greeting, welcome, good luck